Tuesday, May 22, 2018

What Is Dance Warrior

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Rubans Rouges Dance, DanceWarrior, FB: Dance Warrior, Rubans Rouges Dance, Noelle Rose & Kale Andressen Media Arts Enterprises
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May 21, 2018 at 9:41 AM
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16:11
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What is Dance Warrior.mov

Hi beautifuls and beloveds! How are you? My name is Noelle Rose Andressen and I am the Dance Warrior. I've been asked so many times especially lately, “Noelle what is Dance Warrior exactly?” Well let me tell you, Dance Warrior is essentially my nickname… and how did I get this nickname? Well for  many of you who don't know and a lot of you do already know, I have overcome so many things in life. Like all of us, we all have hurdles. Some of the things I've gone through: I survived breast cancer numerous times, I have also overcome the tragedy of having been abused as a child, sexual molestation, sexual abuse, I've had to endure hardships about a lot of common things that we have to go through as human beings in life.  

What I have done is I have taken my nickname, which people say that I've well… more than earned, I've taken my nickname Dance Warrior and I've turned it into many different  things. For one, I've turned them into books. I have a book series called Dance Warrior and as you can see I have two in the series right here. The first one is  “Dance Warrior: from Cancer to Dancer” and the second one right here is called “Dance Warrior: Red Ribbons Shattered Innocence”. And each of these books focuses on my true life stories and how I overcame various things.

The first one I think it speaks for itself. It tells you not necessarily, do I speak about my cancer treatment, I speak about how I put my body back together after cancer treatment. I went back to my beginning and I used dance and both of these books dance was the primary focus, I am a dancer and I "warred" and I championed over my hurdles: Dance Warrior. So these books depict my true life stories and how I overcame so many different things and I want you too to learn how to turn "tragedy into triumph" just like I did.

Another vessel that I have turned into a product that I can share with you, not only do I have my books, my dance pieces, which are in dance concerts that you can come see - see me as a Dance Warrior portraying different characters and overcoming true life things that I have gone through in my life and I show you how. I do it by living an example, by sharing my stories to encourage you. If you're going through a tough time you can get through it. I'm here. I'm living. I'm breathing and I am enjoying my life and I'm touching other people's hearts with my testimony. And I tell these stories not only via my books, I use dance.

I tell my stories in dance. Each one of these books before they were books they were  actual dance pieces. “Red Ribbons” - that was one of the first dances I created in my dance company. It's the heralding flagship of my dance company Rubans Rouges Dance . And then for the cancer book, I tell many different stories via dance dance drama is exactly what I do with my company. And in   my cancer pieces I show you how I went back to my beginning, how I took dance back into my life and I became a dancer again. I fought the odds - the odds are against me. When you have cancer, I don't want to say it's a death sentence, it doesn't necessarily have to be, I'm living proof. I have a grandmother and mother who unfortunately have passed on from the disease I know full well I know full well what's in my DNA but I overcame those odds that were stacked against me. I fought cancer and I won. Not only did I fight cancer and win but I also took back ground and I became a professional dancer all over again only this time I am a Dance Warrior and I'm sharing my message with you.

Our Dance Warrior performances are an amazing thing to see. If you read the book please come see the shows as well you will get so much more out of art and dance. By watching you can see the story that was told in words live. We combine all the arts; we combine music, dance, singing, we even combine artists as far as sculptors, people who do paintings, and we incorporate them into our set. We also bring you the audience into our performance sometimes we'll have you join us on stage; sometimes we will pose questions to you to think about and at  the end; we'll get feedback ; you have an opportunity to meet all the artists.

Dance Warrior is also a live journal that I do as a video broadcast and you can learn, and learn about yourself, and learn about dance, and I share with you my journey what I go through day in and day out. Being a dancer is tough work being a Dance Warrior is even tougher but I show you how you can be encouraged by my life story and I show you live while it's happening. And I let you know what I'm thinking, I let you know what I've gone through, if I'm going to a dance class sometimes I'll take you with me, and sometimes I just let you know of all the different things that I come against.  I also show you how I triumph over those many little tragedies.

When you have cancer, your body changes, even after having a child your body changes. This will help others who have had cancer - help rehabilitate themselves just on empowerment alone but I also give you dance tips too, stretching, different things like that. But my dance journal contains all of these different things and I've been doing this live feed for I want to say about three - four years now and so many people get so many benefits out of it. On top of all these different things I have done a community outreach called Dance Warrior (a.k.a. Choose DANCE trademark of RRD) it's a curriculum that I made/it is a Dance Warrior curriculum. So what we do is we go to different schools, museums, we go to different parks, different places where we take our program Dance Warrior and we spend an afternoon with the kids and we show them just how important they are . These kids they're amazing but sometimes they just need a little nudge to let them know how amazing they are. And when we go into these classroom environments or any other environment that invites us in we do the Dance Warrior curriculum and we show these young adults or young at-risk youth how to Choose Dance and so they too make the choice of being a Dance Warrior.

Now the Dance Warrior curriculum is very in-depth for example what we do is we get t-shirts and we have these wonderful kids - they write their names on the t-shirt and they write all these adjectives. They write the ones that are not so complimentary that they think about themselves on the back of their t-shirt  and on the front they write all these wonderful positive stuff because that's really who they are--they're all the positive things and what's written on their back those are just things they may have to work a little at overcoming and that is what the Dance Warrior program does for them.
So we took this to San Pedro City Ballet not too long ago this spring and we were so delighted. We had such a wonderful time bringing this program to them. All of them had such deep work to do within their hearts and they shared how they felt and then they took those words that they wrote upon their hearts essentially, even though it was a t-shirt, and they turned those words into dance. It's all their choreography. All I did was create the curriculum and the framework in which for them to work from. These wonderful beautiful budding artists shared their heart through movement very much like I do when I am the Dance Warrior and I share my heart via dance, my messages via my books as well.  

Dance Warrior the Studio. We also have a Dance Warrior Studio for the at-risk youth. We also have it for the adults as well. Dance Warrior is an amazing hands-on dance curriculum taught in the school like setting and environment in a studio. We have so much fun. Not only do we bring a verbal curriculum and book work so they can journal, but we also bring to them how to improve their dance through this curriculum.

Through this inner heart work we want to create very responsible adults. Yes they are still children but we are not raising children we were raising young wonderful human beings to be adults someday. And we want to bring this to more schools and we want to bring this to more youth because they are hurting and I believe that I have a part of the answer anyway and I want to do my part to help build the community.

The Dance Warrior Studio Curriculum for adults, that too is wonderful curriculum in dance. It goes back to the foundational work of tap, jazz, ballet, and modern. We focus on inner expression and we take it outwards. We use companion books as well to help journaling. This is an amazing program many adults get so much value out of this because not only do you learn how to improve your dance technique but you also take it in-wards. You take it in words so you can develop your skills at handling life and it teaches people how to handle stress. So we want to teach adults and children to Choose Dance - choose healthier things than alcohol and drugs or any other addictions. We want them to Choose Dance and choose wisely. Under the Dance Warrior curriculum we teach people how to be a Dance Warrior any age.

Dance Warrior Spirit. Now we have a wonderful line of beautiful and fun t-shirts that we have created it's called the Dance Warrior t-shirt line. This is a great opportunity for you to show and share your Dance Warrior spirit to show how you use dance to take tragedy and turn it into triumph.
One of the highest requested items was a calendar under the Dance Warrior brand and we were so happy to bring that to you. So many of you followers asked us: “Do you have a Dance Warrior calendar that can be inspirational something that I can look at every day?” Well yes we do have that and we were so glad to work with so many wonderful and beautiful photographers.

This photo right here, the 2018 calendar, was photographed by Miss Lois Greenfield. She is an amazing photographer dance photographer specifically. And every year we work with various different photographers to bring you not only beautiful dance photography and artistry but at the bottom of each page we have included a quote from one of my books. The theme this year was “Red Ribbons” so this year when we did “Red Ribbons” we included quotes from the book as well.  Lois gave us such a beautiful quote, “Dance Warrior her story is truly inspirational to anyone Noelle is a true Dance Warrior.”

Thank You Lois we love you too.

Dance Warrior Fundraising Teams. We don't only just help the youth and the elderly and I don't just dance and write books but my dance company, dancers, and staff, and board members, we also help other nonprofits raise funds for: cancer research for helping the abused, homeless, so many different functions and things.

I also speak publicly not only under Noelle Rose Andressen my name but I also speak publicly under Dance Warrior. I love helping people I love reaching out to them and I really want to do more in this world to help shape it for a positive thing. There are so many issues in our world and I really believe that the Dance Warrior brings people together and find commonality. I want people to celebrate. I don't want them to be separated over their ideas and ideals. I want to show people how they can be champions: Dance Warriors you too can be a Dance Warrior and I'm going to show you how you can “turn any tragedy into a triumph”.

Under the Dance Warrior brand we will continue to bring you my live journals and will also go retro and show older videos that you guys just really, really love. The most popular ones, we will bring back in a flashback series so you can enjoy them again. You can also join us on our Dance Warrior Channel, it is on YouTube just type in Dance Warrior (add Noelle Rose to the search). You can also join us on our Facebook page called dance warrior as well you can find more information online at dance - warrior dot-com. You can also join us on my blog and respond to any of my journal entries that I share with you in the form of writing and you can continue to contact us, find and follow up, you can find out all these wonderful performances, and our schedule, and our touring.

Thank you so much “I so dearly want to help you to find that inner Dance Warrior so you too can turn tragedy into triumph.”

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Keeping Fit During the Holidays

Keeping Fit During the Holidays
written by Anne Gitlin, freelance health & fitness writer, film maker, former performer

The Holidays bring good tidings, fun with friends & family, and festive foods. Often the burden of unwanted pounds also attach to us in the most awkward places; namely our thighs, hips, waistlines. While I'm not going to tell you to starve yourself while others enjoy the fine delicacies, I will share some tips for you so you can keep fit during the holidays and also have fun.

  1. Smaller Portions. You've heard this millions of times but it is true. Keeping to smaller portions will show great kindness to your waistline.  
  2. Partition Your Plate. At a buffet, instead of loading up your plate with one or two of your favorite foods, visually partition your plate and place not only smaller portions but a variety of samplings.
  3. Take it in Stride. A brisk walk daily can keep you in fit shape and lower your stress. We often get caught up in the Holiday Grind of frantic shopping and holiday party hopping. Scheduling a stress-free time for yourself can clear your mind and keep your body from producing weight gaining toxins.
  4. Bottoms Up or Down. With festivities, alcohol surely accompanies. Belly fat can quickly compile as we go from celebration to celebration. A good tip is to not over-do it and choose to monitor your intake. Should you find that you went past your limit, doing yoga is a good way to get the accumulated toxins from alcohol to process through your system quicker. Downward Dog, plank pose, twist poses are very effective. Stay safe and never drink and drive. 
  5. Start Early. Start a week or two earlier with these discipline methods before the Holiday Festivities kick in.
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Monday, November 27, 2017

Liberal Arts Matter

Liberal Arts Matter
Edited by G. Blythe | Getting degrees in Liberal Arts & Fine Arts has benefits.

Hello readers, I'm joining Ms. Andressen & Mr. Kale today and inquiring about their path to successful careers with their art degrees. Many times I've heard people going back to school after they've achieved the BFA or even their MFA due to no employment or no opportunities. 

This dynamic duo, Noelle and Kristopher, are as passionate in their careers as they are in their private lives. I'm always impressed by their ability to make others welcomed and yet they have strong morals and don't let anyone get away with anything; they believe it short changes the person from being their best selves. They're the first to profess making many mistakes but one they didn't make a mistake in is their choice of path in the college system.


What are your degrees and where did you attain them?

Ms. Noelle Rose Andressen graduated from Moorpark College with an AA in dance (Liberal Arts) and BFA from UNLV. Mr Kristopher Kale BFA UNLV film. Director and production emphasis with music.


How has your BFA benefited your current job position?

Greatly and in several ways, both of us used our education to create our first film project out of school which garnered us both five Emmy nominations. Ms Andressen received 3 for: writing, producing and music arrangement. Mr Kale received 2: production and music score. For this project we won an EMA Media Award for Women in Film. This is Vegas's most coveted film/media award. This allowed us to do more projects including indie film: PROFILE, many other Public Service Announcements that aired on TV. We also used our education to form a multi media dance company: Rubans Rouges Dance that fuses all their talents: film, dance, writing, production. "He writes the music she dances to." We present award winning productions nationally and tour with our company internationally.


Did you receive negative criticism for your choice in career/degree paths?

Often we were told it was a waste if time and that the odds of being able to use our "art" degrees to earn a living was rare let alone trying to get your foot in the door for the art and entertainment world. We were told we need to get our heads out of the clouds and think rationally. We were encouraged to become and study in fields that made money: doctors, attorneys, secretary or something more tangible and attainable. NOTE: Kristopher is a paralegal studying for the bar to become an attorney.


Tell us about your path. 

It was challenging. We had to make a business plan and stick to it. Immediately after graduation we decided to go for it and took out a loan for our first project. We knew it was risky but we also knew we had to make our own way. From there we found several stations that wanted to air our project and it received Emmy nominations and won the EMA Media Award. 

Not too long after Noelle was diagnosed with breast cancer and since we weren't on a project we had no insurance. We sold our home to pay for treatment and she survived and thrived. However from there we had to start all over again and that's when we decided to create Rubans Rouges Dance. This manifestation took all of our skills, talents, and education and made an incredible and successful performing arts company.


What advice would you give to someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

Find your own path to success. No one can perfectly or precisely copy another's success but you can. We strongly suggest: Making a business plan with 1 year, 5 year and ten year goals. Stick to your plan. Calculate the risks and be willing to accept a less than desirable outcome. Don't accept defeat. When the cancer intruded in our lives we got back up and created a more in depth expression of ourselves. Never give up. Defeat comes when you accept it and let it win. Be an integral person. Simply put: Don't screw anyone over to reach your goals and dreams. We got to where we wanted with integrity, no game playing. We treated people well and proceeded with our morals intact. It may have taken longer this way but we believe that how you treat people along your way matters. 


And never ever give up!


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I Don't Care What They May Say....

I Don't Care What They May Say....
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Helpful Tips to Help Not Care What Others May Say or Think About You
by Noelle Andressen Copyright September 26, 2017


This wasn't just a line from Elsa's famous song "Let It Go!", or something my grandmother drilled into me;
it was something our parents taught us growing up, but did we actually learn this skill? As adults we may face the challenges of caring too much what people think about us. Here's some tips for you to help you overcome:

Some tips for you:
"1. Stop the comparison game. Women need to understand that their empowerment and identity is not found in the mirror or found in someone else's ideals. Refrain from looking at celebs retouched photos wishing you'd "look like that". Know that the subjects don't even look like that in reality. Compare the celebrities' photos to when they're being interviewed on live TV. They look different. Photography is an art-form as well; magazines, photo books, etc are presenting both the subject and their photography skills at their best. Also, save up some funds and get your own glamour photos done. You too can prove to yourself that you are beautiful and can achieve any ideal you desire for yourself. 

2. Take Control. After I had breast cancer I felt less than positive about my body and as a dancer this was detrimental. I took matters in my own hands and decided to start a community campaign of awareness for a group of women. Surrounding yourself with others who feel the same way can encourage you. In the midst of working through my own body issues, I ended up helping others too.

3. Know that you're enough. Do one thing every day that helps you achieve your full expression of body positivity. If it's to lose weight, start a program to do so. If it's to feel empowered, start reaching out to others like I did by writing about it with a blog or book.

It is my belief that it is a problem for women because they have been suppressed for too long that they look for unnatural ways of redemption. We need to take our power  back. When we realize we have all we ever need inside of us we won't look elsewhere for validation. We're just waiting to give our own selves permission to be better than what we were forced to live up to."

As my grandmother often said, "True freedom is when you don't give a damn what others think." My grandmother also told me, "Your esteem is found in God." She called it God-esteem. He values us beyond what the human race can do for you. He's always on your side.

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The Battle of Guilt

The Battle of Guilt
Written by Noelle Rose Andressen:
Noelle Rose Andressen, Business Owner
Rubans Rouges Dance®  - Owner, Dancer, Artistic Director (9 years) RubansRougesDance.com



The Battle of Guilt
The first round battling breast cancer, we had to sell our Vegas home to pay for the treatment as we had no family insurance. At that time, I had danced some professionally as an independent contractor, my body was my "business". Also my husband and I worked as independent film makers. When we were not on a project there was no medical insurance. It was very hard for me to let go of our security and emotional connections to our home. I battled depression from the immense guilt I felt. My family insisted my life was more important and agreed to do whatever it took to save my life. I received a combination traditional and experimental therapy with naturalistic treatment to help ease symptoms and keep my body as healthy as possible. This first round I had no choice but to quit dancing, my business with my body was put on hold and my husband took up the slack for our film production company. For the most part I found myself in bed and almost died. 

Back to the Beginning
After my victorious win against breast cancer, with no home, broken body, and broken spirit, I decided to go back to the "business of my body" and my first love: DANCE. However, a pre-cancerous result would make itself known again. This time my doctor said "don't end up in bed". I agreed and this time I danced through the treatment. 

I decided to stay focused with a project and choreographed a short dance for an informal performance with a 12 week deadline. This allowed me to focus my energy on something positive and keep my spirits lifted. I had to compartmentalize the workload that went with creating a dance. I had Costume Days when I was able to sit upright and do light sewing, if I grew nauseated my son would massage my feet and back to help keep vomiting at bay. Choreography Days was for when my body was able to do some movement, I took advantage of these days and did as much as I could without exhausting myself and added some yoga to the choreography. Music Days also served double time as meditation time and searching through pieces of music that would work for the dance piece. Administration Days worked best when I had light symptoms. This enabled me to make necessary phone calls, write emails, and performance arrangements.

When I had really bad days I had to learn to forgive myself. My son would take my hand and help me do breathing exercises. He also remind me that I'd be dancing again soon and helped me jot down choreography notes as I envisioned them in my head. It was frustrating to not be able to get up and dance but I knew I had to take care of myself. Ultimately his love for me and my love for him kept me going, like a light in darkness. I finished my project and was triumphant over cancer again. From here I created community outreach programs for cancer patients, created my book series: DanceWarrior®

Let This Be My Last Battleground
Later I took what I had gone through and turned it into a dance to help encourage other women going through cancer. The dance is called: "Let This Be My Last Battleground - ROSEWOOD". This title pays homage and tribute to Gene Roddenberry and a Star Trek episode with a similar title. Kristopher, my husband and Emmy nominated composer scored music for my dance piece.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXisVaWireY&t=6s  This dance was also turned into a book: "DanceWarrior®

About My Business
Rubans Rouges Dance®  is a multi-media company that performs fully produced "Dance Dramas" and combines the art of film making, original music scores, art and song to encourage others that they can go from tragedy to triumph. I believe my calling on this earth is to help others heal through the arts. My life is a living artistic example of how many can overcome the horrors life can present us and give them meaning and purpose. From that we also branched out to help support the community with the annual: "Awakenings & Beginnings International Dance Festival®" and many outreach programs such as: Dancers Defeating Cancer®
 Est. in 2009 where cancer patients can use gentle movement and some yoga as a wellness course and a special time to journal their experience. During this wellness program that I created, I help encourage patients as I know what it's like to go through treatment and understand the restorative process. I teach them the tricks and techniques I used during both my cancer battles. I teach them how to breathe through symptoms and use meditation to keep them focused on things other than how badly they feel. I not only kept my business going, I actually made it grow in adversity.


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Quick Tips From A Sicilian Great Grandmother
Copyright 1989-2017 by Anna Lombardo re-told by Noelle Andressen

I learned a lot from my Italian grandmother who was a gracious hostess. Her skills provided a wealth of knowledge for me as I became an event producer internationally. 

#1 Nonna would say: More food and beverages than you think times two. There's nothing worse than running out of these crucial elements. Worst case scenario, you have plenty leftover to give your guests a little food memento for them to take home in decorative "take home" boxes that fit your event's theme. I know this works because I've often received future jobs from doing this.

#2 Hospitality. Guests may not remember every detail of your event but they will remember how they felt and how they were treated. It depends on the event, but every guest either receives a rose or a sachet of mints, or some token that shows classy care. Treat every guest as if they were family and they will remember your special touches."

The old adage: Enter in as friends leave as family is what Nonna always aimed for. Hope these Cannoli Notes help you.

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Working From Home Vs The Office

Working From Home Vs The Office
A Success Profile About Our Artistic Director, Noelle Andressen
Edited by G. Blythe | Copyright February 23, 2017

Tell us about your career track and some brief information on your background:
I have two careers, one as a professional dancer-choreographer, the other as a professional Emmy nominated screenwriter and book author. Some of my dancing and/or choreography credits: ABC's "Modern Family", g.l.a.a.d. Awards Ceremony, Key Art Awards for the Hollywood Reporter, major dance festivals across the globe. My book series: Dance Warrior from Cancer to Dancer and Dance Warrior Red Ribbons - Shattered Innocence (this one is about my account of being sexually abused as a child). Emmy nominated writer for "Baby Doe's Heartbeat".


Why did you choose working at home versus the office?
Initially, I began working a desk job at an office. Then due to necessity and my desire to fulfill my dreams, I switched to work out of my home. I was a breast cancer survivor and I had severe allergies to cleaning chemicals in buildings and my body was also very tired and weakened from the treatments. I ultimately used this to slowly ween myself from desk job to art job at home.

So first, it was by force because of my post cancer situation that I described above. Second, it was time for me to live my dreams. I talk about it in my book and have been interviewed many times about it all. It was very challenging. For the writing career, it was natural to sit propped up in a chair and let my fingers do the talking.


Tell us how you got started:
Once I gained strength my husband made our living an at home studio: wooden floors, mirrors,sound system. I would get jobs as a choreographer and began creating dance pieces. I also started my own dance company. I had a goal to rehabilitate my body. A lot of my body/dancing went through an at home re-hab in my living room with trainers.

As for the writing, I already had Emmy nominations for my work. I was already successful in this area, I just grew it. I gleaned from my journal and as I felt better I compiled chapters to form books. I took my life story and used it to encourage others. I then married dance, my books, film, etc. to make my company truly multi-media.

Tell us about your first job.
My first choreographic job post-cancer developed from my performing for a charity raising awareness about domestic violence. I performed a dance piece about abuse, my abuse that I suffered through as a child. It moved many hearts and I was asked to perform at another event this time it was for pay. From there I saw that I had a gift to reach hearts with my dancing and earn an income. Like I shared, I already had a successful career as a writer. I combined the two art-forms: dancing and writing to craft books (Dance Warrior Book Series) about what I had suffered through and conquered and turned them into dances that are performed in theaters. From there, I also added my film making background to create a full fledged multi-media dance company that not only entertains but reaches the soul. It contributes to wellness and health in society and inspires others to reach out. This also led to my private tutoring in dance. Some try to copy me and my path but they fail because it's not genuine to them. They're not being authentic to themselves.


How does your day begin?
I still have daily hurdles with my physical body. It is long term side effects from the cancer or possibly the treatment. While I'm technically in remission, I still have to take care of my body first with some yoga asanas, ballet barre, and stretching. Once I'm taken care of, I begin my administrative duties. I have a to do list that keeps me organized and on task. From there I asses with my Board Members via Skype meetings: growth of my company and me as an artist, what we can improve upon and continue to develop outreaches to assist the community. If we have a rehearsal or performance for that day/evening, I prepare in my studio and begin the process of a deeper body conditioning. The end of the day will look different based on what occurred during the day. I may have to do an Epsom Salt soak if I'm achy or I may have thank you emails to write. 


What do you wish someone told you when you started?
I wished someone would have shown me the diplomacy that was needed for good communication in the arts community. It requires a different skill set and approach than the typical business model because most artists are insecure and are emotional. I'm very passionate and can be emotional but I am at first very thoughtful and logical. 

What type of advice can you give for work at homers?
Getting out of the house! Most of what I do unless it's a performance or outreach is done from my home office/studio or at our office in an enclosed building - yuck! I have to remind myself to schedule public appearances and socialize. It's very easy to become a hermit and if you tend toward social hibernation, you may have to force it like I did. People thought I was stand-offish because I stayed at home a lot. Once it was brought to my attention I reversed it.

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Any last words of advice?
Remember to get out of the house and socialize, much like home-schoolers have to be aware of.
Set up a specific place to work and separate it from your home life.
Schedule your work load and stick to it.
Enjoy what you're doing or reconsider what you're doing.
Communicate with the outside world.
Always make sure your loved ones who reside with you are supportive and understanding.
Always clock out and stay clocked out.

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